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Introduction: The Poetics of Hospitality: Refugee, Migrant, Testimony

April Shemak

in Asylum Speakers

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233557
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241194 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233557.003.0001

Series: American Literatures Initiative

Introduction: The Poetics of Hospitality: Refugee, Migrant, Testimony

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In her 2007 memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat recounts the events surrounding the death of her eighty-one-year-old uncle Joseph Dantica, who died while being detained by U.S. immigration authorities shortly after his arrival at Miami International Airport in 2004. Dantica, a pastor, fled his home in Haiti after gang members burned down his church and threatened to kill him. The officer determined that Dantica did not have “a legitimate reason for entering the U.S.,” and he and his son Maxo were sent to Krome Detention Center in South Miami, where they were subsequently separated and Dantica's personal effects, including medication for blood pressure and an inflamed prostate, were taken from him. During his daylong detention at Krome, he was given medical attention for high blood pressure, but his medications were not returned to him.

Keywords: Edwidge Danticat; Joseph Dantica; U.S. immigration; Miami; hospitality; detention

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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